Nigel Farage is set to relaunch the Brexit Party in order to oppose the coronavirus lockdown.
The former UKUP leader hit out at Boris Johnson and said he has “had enough” of being “under house arrest”.
In an opinion piece in the paper, they called for “focused protection” for the most vulnerable while the rest of the population develops herd immunity – something the government has said is not possible.
On Thursday, England will be plunged back into tough new restrictions after scientists warned that thousands of lives would be lost.
But Farage, who has been in the US campaigning for Donald Trump, says he plans to disrupt the government’s plan.
“A growing number of us can see that what lockdown involves is disastrous,” he said in a video filmed in Washington DC.
Speaking about the Prime Minister, he said: “I know it’s fear that’s driving him, but frankly I’ve had enough of lockdown, they’re almost trying to put us under house arrest.”
And Farage continued: “The cure is now worse than the disease.”
He posted: “There is no political voice opposing this new national lockdown in England. I think that may change very soon.”
MPs are set to vote on Wednesday on whether to support the second lockdown – amid warnings the daily death toll could reach 4,000 by Christmas if nothing is done.
Pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops will be forced to close, and people will again be banned from leaving their homes except for very specific reasons.
The Prime Minister yesterday said that without action, deaths would reach “several thousand a day”, with a “peak of mortality” worse than the first peak in April.
He said: “Doctors and nurses would be forced to choose which patients to treat, who would get oxygen and who wouldn’t, who would live and who would die.
“Doctors and nurses would be forced to choose between saving Covid patients and non-Covid patients.
“The sheer weight of Covid demand would mean depriving tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, if not millions of non-Covid patients of the care they need.”
He added: “The risk is, for the first time in our lives, the NHS will not be there for us.”